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What are TeaCup Pigs? Price?

Updated on July 22, 2013

Pigs the size of a teacup? what will they think up next?

Teacup pig breeder Jane Croft

Teacup Pigs - latest pet craze

Cute-as-a-button Miniature Pigs that never grow up! They are the latest pet craze today. When these pigs are born they are just as small as a teacup, hence the name.

The Birth of Mini-Pigs

After a series of false pregnancies, farmer Chris Murray's Pennywell Miniature pigs have given birth to eight tiny piglets at his Pennywell Farm in Devon, England. The smallest pig is named Tetley, because he's not much bigger than a cup of tea. The breed was developed by Jane Croft, a British breeder.

Fantastic pets

At birth, the piglets weigh about 9 oz. and are the size of a teacup. They are full growth at the age of 2, they grow anywhere from 12 to 16 inches high and weigh around 65 pounds. They grow to the size of a small spaniel. They have a projected lifespan of 15-20 years. They are said to make great pets. They are clean and highly intelligent. They also just love to be loved.

Pigs are known to be highly intelligent and they beat dogs in animal IQ tests. They have also enjoyed surges in popularity as pets before. In the United States, potbellied pigs were all the rage a generation ago. However, their popularity declined as their owners realized that they grew too large for their owners to care for them properly. Croft States:

Pigs are also clean because, you can litter-train them like a cat. You can take them for walks,on a leash, like a dog. They are said to be good for people who are allergic to dogs or cats, because they have hair instead of fur. However, they are very social animals and require a lot of attention.

TeaCup Pigs

Teacup Pigs do not come Cheap!

The piglets cost up to $1,100 each, and Croft sells them only in pairs and only to people she feels are qualified to keep them. In Great Britain, owners must be licensed to keep livestock because pigs are considered to be farm animals.She has very strict criteria for there potential owners:

  1. Will not sell to anyone who leaves them alone in the house.
  2. Owners must be home all the time
  3. Owners must have a garden
  4. They must have company at all times
  5. They are only sold in pairs

There is a very long waiting list in the UK. Moreover, it took Croft 9 years to breed these little cuties, and as far as I know, Pennywell Farm in the UK are the only ones breeding the true teacup pigs. However, here is the information that I have obtained thus far:

Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre
United Kingdom

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      Giselle 2 years ago

      hi im Giselle

      I would really like a teacup pig

      I have staff at my house from 6:30am to 8:00pm everyday except sunday

      i leave for school at 7:00 am every day and finish at 2:50 except saturday and sunday and i have 1 dog and 2 cats but they love animals. I rescue stray animals when i see then without a home and i have found homes for all of them. I would love to have a baby pig i have a big garden and live next to a field with lots of open space. my parents stay home and my mum would love a baby pig.

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      Miss Mimi 5 years ago from On the road again

      I had no idea Teacup Pigs were so expensive or so difficult to adopt. I'm glad to hear that their breeder is so particular though, it would be a terrible shame if someone adopted one as a novelty because they're so cute without any real idea of how to care for them. Voted up!

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      Ashley 5 years ago

      Teacup pigs are so adorable! I've been looking to adopt one for awhile now.

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      george 6 years ago

      tea cup pigs are asme

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      amber 6 years ago

      so cut

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      lbowen444 7 years ago from Victoria, BC

      Hi Cluense, wonderful hub! Just wanted to let you know the mini micros are finally in Canada :)

      Keep up the great work!

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      Katie Luense 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Hey Jessica! Thank you for visiting and for commenting on my Hub! I love the names. Do you have some pictures you could share with us? I would love to see your little ones! Cluense

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      Jessica 7 years ago

      I actually have a miniature pig that my parents recently bought me for my 16th birthday. I must say it's incredibly adorable and so loving. We just received another one because once we saw one I instantly wanted her brother. Piper and Pepper are so very happy in my home. Every day I let them outside and they come running in once they hear one little sound such as my neighbor's car roaring to life. They both have personalities that differ from eachother which makes me love them even more. Pepper loves to run around my room looking for something to excite his interest while Piper is excited just to sit in my lap or sniff something close to mines. Their so social and my dog, Dot absolutely adores them. He took them in as if they were dogs too. Miniature pigs are honestly one of the best things you can have.

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      Katie Luense 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      OGSN, Thank you for visiting my hub! and you are welcome for link. I will be linking from more of your hubs when I can!

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      OGSN 7 years ago from Norway

      Great Hub, really informative. My wife has wanted one of these to join our two pot bellies since she first read about them last year sometime. However, getting one in Norway has proved impossible. Best not let her read this or she will have me going to England to get one!

      Thanks for linking to my hub on pot bellies too!

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      Sweetsusieg 7 years ago from Michigan

      I love all animals and hope one day to have a 'house pig', not necessarily a tea cup, but they are adorable!! Thanks for the great info!!

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      TVTopTen 7 years ago

      OMG these are sooo cute. I hadn't seeing these before. Now I want one!